We had heard good things about Pachamama in London’s Marylebone district for some time. Yesterday my wife (Ms B) and I finally made our way. We arrived on time for our 12:15pm Saturday brunch reservation and were among the first few guests to be seated in this basement venue which still manages to let in some sunlight through windows in the ceiling.
We immediately liked the warm atmosphere that combines rustic elements featuring a lot of natural wood with a certain elegance and eclectic décor elements. Ms B kept on mentioning “so female-friendly” with a big smile, and when the space gradually filled with more and more groups of ladies, I made the stern decision not to bring the boyz here for a few pints (they actually do not do pints here, anyway, just bottled beer, cocktails, etc.). There were two other couples and another group that involved two men, but yes, 90% women, really.
We ordered some coffee (£3.75), the obligatory Pisco Sour (should have gone for the special Pisco Sour, which would have been half price at £5, not the still acceptable £10 we paid, our bad), and a Peruvian beer in the bottle for Mr B (330ml for £5.50), who was heavily impressed that this amber liquid had (intentionally or not) been produced in line with the ancient purity laws applicable to beer (no rice, corn, preservatives, or the like) in his country of birth, Germany.
Ms B ordered hot smoked salmon served as warming bowl with green wild garlic, roasted barley and a poached egg (£12) as well as the sweet potato ‘brunch waffles’ with Peruvian chocolate, toasted quinoa ice cream, and cacao crumb (£9). I opted for Pollo a la Brasa (1/2 a free-range chicken, brined, marinated for two days and charcoal grilled, Peruvian style, served with house jerk sauce and Aji Amarillo mayonnaise; £15) with sweet potato fries (£3.50), and sea bass ceviche with sweet potato, samphire, and plantain (£9.50).
All staff were very friendly and helpful, and despite the tables having mostly filled by now and it being busy, they somehow managed to bring all four dishes at the same time (something they had warned us they couldn’t promise, because it is up to the kitchen), so that Ms B could do her obligatory Instagram flat-lay.
As soon as she was done, we tucked into our meals. I was very fond of the spicy flavours of my grilled, marinated chicken (Ms B thought it was a tad too spicy for her liking). We both enjoyed the salmon and thought that the unusual mix with the wild garlic (I grew up on these green leaves!), roasted barley and gelatinous, pulpy poached egg provided for an unusual but very pleasant culinary experience. The ceviche was perhaps not the best we’ve had and a bit small, but nice enough. The sweet potato waffle went extremely well with the ice cream, the chocolate, and cacao crumb. You felt reminded that chocolate comes from Latin America and these good people know how to produce it and how to use it in cooking and desserts.
We would give this lovely restaurant 4.75 out of 5 and will be back soon.
Have we whetted your appetite? Try our reviews of the following restaurants: Galvin at Windows, Benares, both London, or of Fig in Chipping Campden. Food is not all we do, though. Feel welcome to check out our trip to the Sahara, our London helicopter ride, and our day-trip from Porto, off-roading and rock-climbing.